Meal Prep Kits
If you’d prefer to skip the grocery store but you still enjoy cooking, then one of these meal prep subscriptions may be just what you’re looking for. Here are my favorite options for prepackaged ingredients delivered straight to your door.
HelloFresh allows you to do a bit of cooking with its convenient meal kits, which provide everything you need to make a complete and healthy meal, including simple, detailed instructions. The best part about this service is you have a choice of 20 recipes within whichever dietary preference you choose.
HelloFresh is a good option if you don’t want the burden of grocery shopping, but you still enjoy light cooking and want to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet.
Cost: Two meals for five days a week costs around $8.99 per meal.
Diets: HelloFresh offers standard meat-and-veggie, vegetarian, family-friendly (which works great for picky eaters), calorie-smart, quick-and-easy, and pescatarian options.
Ordering: You can select both your meals and meal plan through the HelloFresh website or the company’s smartphone app.
Delivery: When you type in your ZIP code, you can choose from a few days to have your meals delivered right to your doorstep.
Sunbasket works with local farmers to provide meals that include fresh, seasonal produce. The company allows mixing and matching between meal plans, so if you see something interesting from the paleo diet meals, for example, you can order it even if you don’t usually adhere to that diet.
Cost: Two meals for five days a week costs around $11.99 per meal.
Diets: Sunbasket offers vegetarian, gluten-free, diabetes-friendly, carb-conscious, organic, pescatarian, paleo, and Mediterranean plans. You can also mix and match meals to create your own custom plan.
Ordering: You choose your meals for the week using the company’s online platform.
Delivery: Sunbasket delivers your meals cold-packed to your doorstep.
What sets Green Chef apart is its dedication to using only organic products, which is thought to be beneficial for overall health. It offers only three dietary options, though, which is fairly strict. If you are committed to an organic lifestyle, it can be a great option.
Cost: Depending on the diet plan you choose, Green Chef costs between $9.99 and $12.99 per meal.
Diets: Green Chef offers three diet plans: Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living, and Vegetarian, all of which are diets you should consult your doctor about before switching. Not all seniors need a plant-based diet, for instance, but it can lower cholesterol and blood pressure for some people.
Ordering: The Green Chef website is intuitive and easy to navigate to set up a plan.
Delivery: Green Chef delivers your weekly meals once per week to pretty much anywhere in the United States except Alaska, Hawaii, and some parts of Louisiana.